Authorities serve search warrants in California boat fire probe

By Darryl Coote | UPI |

Authorities said they expect search operations to resume on Monday for the final body yet to be retrieved from the boat. Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office/Twitter

(UPI) — Investigators executed search warrants on the headquarters of a Southern California company that owned a scuba diving boat that caught on fire last week, killing 34 people.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Eric Raney said investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and other agencies served the warrants before 9 a.m. Sunday at Truth Aquatics’ offices in Santa Barbara and at its two other boats.

The warrants are part of an ongoing investigation into last Monday’s tragedy to determine if any crime was committed, Raney said, describing their execution as “pretty standard.”

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